The 1919 University Corporate Facility invites natural daylight and gets a new modern look!
Empirehouse partnered with Greiner Construction and Tanek Architects as the Architectural Glass, Metal and Glazing Contractor for the 1919 University Corporate Facility renovation project located along the St. Paul light rail system. Replacing the once concrete and punched window facade is a huge curtainwall that brings in lots of natural daylight—plus a fresh modern look. In addition to the curtainwall is a new south entrance, interior vestibule and glass handrail system.

1919 University before renovation

1919 building before renovation.

1919 University Corporate Facility

1919 University Corporate Facility after renovation.

After frames were installed. Photo by Joe Veit.

Frames were installed using 80 foot boom lifts.

1919 curtainwall glass installation.

Curtainwall glass installation using 80 foot boom lifts.

Glazed curtainwall

The Empirehouse Glazing Team safely set 154 glass units in under seven hours into the curtainwall on a sunny Saturday, averaging a glass lite installed in every 2-1/2 minutes!

There were lots of innovative pre-planning and preparation prior to the Saturday, glazing installation at the 1919 University job site by Foreman Mitch Schindele and Glazier Craig Soloman. Mitch staged approx. 5,500 total square feet of high-performance insulated glass units for the crew and Craig helped erect and prep. Then on Saturday an Empirehouse Glazing crew of six came together to install the glass units into the 2.5″ x 7.5″ captured thermal composite pressure-wall framing system at the 1919 University project.

The Glazing crew of Dan Weiss, Dan Gile, Mark Waggoner, Matt Barland, Sean Wilmes, and Tommy Gramenz safely set 154 glass units in under seven hours through pre-planning, staging, and efficient workmanship. Two teams of two Glaziers installed glass units from 80-foot JLG lifts while two Glaziers loaded glass units from the ground next to a well-traveled University Avenue. The Glazing Team averaged a glass lite installation every 2-1/2 minutes.

1919 interior glass handrail

In addition to the exterior curtainwall and storefront entrance, Empirehouse glazed 125 lineal feet of interior glass handrail.

Contractor: Greiner Construction
Architect: Tanek
Architectural Glass & Glazing Contractor: Empirehouse
Total Glass Area: Approx. 7,000 total square feet

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